American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to reduction.
- adj. Relating to, being an instance of, or exhibiting reductionism.
- adj. Relating to or being an instance of reductivism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the property, power, or effect of reducing; tending to reduce.
- n. That which has the power of reducing.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or causing physical reduction.
- adj. Of or pertaining to reductionism or reductivism.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or causing figurative reduction; belittling, disparaging, ridiculing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Tending to reduce; having the power or effect of reducing.
- adj. characterized by or causing diminution or curtailment
“I explained how I had arrived at the assertion that he had described as reductive: Either everything written is literature, or only some of it is.”
“This is certainly true in the case of Abelard and Ockham, whom we earlier identified as reductive realists.”
“Madonna's savoir faire as a marketer is unfailing: Her comment - she called Gaga's song "reductive"- has everyone talking about her again.”
“This kind of reductive description has especially been used for quite some time now by academics eager to rid the study of literature of all vestiges of formalism in favor of "cultural critique.”
“His "(though Hillary's tough Iran talk certainly does make it easier to simplify matters in this fashion)" places his "reductive" in context here, IMO.”
“The mosaic artists in Tunisia created these faces according to the same kind of reductive thinking.”
“Bastet's Tail, Ape, I'd expect that kind of reductive, simplistic smear from a Blogging Tory, but not from YOU.”
“Most of your posts reveal you to be open-minded and respectful, but this kind of reductive assertion is exactly what polarizes this issue.”
“I think that has an inevitable kind of reductive effect on the amount of substance that gets conveyed, both by the candidates and by the news; you know, the news, too.”
“Though he happens to be applying the term "reductive" to my psychoanalytic model of literary response, he could equally well apply it to a structuralist, Marxist, Christian, phenomenological, archetypal, or any other theory of literature.”
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